Theft of services is a crime in the state of Connecticut. If you face this charge, don’t panic. There are things that you can do to get help and defend yourself. A good place to start is understanding the specifics of your charge. Here, I will explain what theft of services means. Then, you can begin to defend yourself against this charge.

Theft of Services

A person is guilty of theft of services when:

  • They avoid paying an establishment money owed through misrepresentation, stealth, unjustifiable failure, or refusal to pay. Also, the establishment could be a:
    • Restaurant.
    • Hotel.
    • Motel.
    • Inn.
    • Tourist cabin.
    • Rooming house.
  • They try to obtain public transportation services without paying or avoids paying by force, stealth, intimidation, deception, mechanical tampering, refusal to pay, or unjustifiable failure.
  • They obtain a motor vehicle without paying or avoiding to pay through:
    • Fraudulent representation.
    • Fraudulent concealment.
    • False pretense.
    • Trickery.
    • Artiface or device.
  • They obtain control over the employment of a person, business, equipment (commercial or industrial), or faculties of another person when they know that they are not entitled to the use of those things. In addition, this person must also intend to get a commercial or other substantial benefit from the use of this labor, equipment, or facilities for themselves or another person.

Some common examples of theft of services are “dining and dashing” in a restaurant and skipping out on cab fare.

Getting Help

So, if you’ve been charged with theft of services, Ruane Attorneys can help! Contact us today at 203-925-9200 to set up a free consultation. We can review your situation with you and answer any questions that you have. You don’t have to go through this process alone. Hiring a lawyer can give you peace of mind while you face this stressful situation. We are happy to help.